- - Friday, June 20, 2014

President Obama’s reported telephone call to President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico, welcoming Mr. Nieto’s efforts to target the criminals transporting young children across the Mexican border to the United States, is totally self-serving and in direct contrast to the Senate immigration bill he supports (“Obama talks tough to Mexico: Illegal-immigrant children won’t get to stay,” Web, June 19).

Most Americans are simply not aware that the proposed Senate immigration bill prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) from questioning would-be illegal aliens applying for citizenship about the international human-smuggling organizations with which they conspired to evade border controls and clandestinely enter the United States.

The Senate immigration bill makes it a crime for ICE agents to not only question these people about these smuggling organization, it also makes it illegal for ICE agents to ask about the transnational criminal organizations with which the illegals conspired to purchase false U.S. documents such as passports, visas and birth certificates. Both of these types of criminal organizations are essential for not only illegal aliens to successfully, illegally enter and live in the United States, but also for terrorists and espionage agents to do the same.

If not prohibited by the Senate immigration bill, the intelligence that could be collected from 11 million illegal aliens on these criminal organizations would undoubtedly be sufficient to develop prosecutable cases to put these groups out of business. With the dismantlement of the transnational human smuggling organizations and those producing false documents for illegal aliens, terrorists, transnational criminals and espionage agents, the United States could take control of its borders and undoubtedly make the nation more secure.

JOSEPH MOLYNEUX

Drug Enforcement Agency, Special Agent (Retired)

Metairie, La.